Firefighting Guard, Reserve flyers train in NC, SC

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Air National Guard and Air Reserve units from four states have dropped more than 1.5 million gallons of water from their low-flying C-130 aircraft this week as they trained to suppress fires in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Air National Guard Maj. Kim Holman said Thursday the training exercise wraps up Friday. Nearly 400 pilots and crew members from Air National Guard units in California, Wyoming and North Carolina, and an Air Force Reserve unit from Colorado, participated.

Holman says eight C-130 Hercules aircraft flew more than 100 flights over western North Carolina and northwestern South Carolina.

The C-130 Hercules transports carry portable fire retardant systems that drop up to 3,000 gallons of retardant or water on wildfires.

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